We all know what it is like to want something.

To hurt.  To be hungry.  To be disappointed.  Even reading the words can twist our stomach just a bit.

But can you pinpoint a feeling of "gratitude"?

Gratitude is one of the strongest Zen Pulses we can experience.


True gratitude is ushered by compassion. Little mistakes and differences blur into the bigger picture.

True gratitude requires presence of mind. We experience moments very deeply when we are grateful.

True gratitude is true fulfillment. In a moment of gratitude, we need for nothing.

So before your Thanksgiving dinner, take a moment not to just say "what you're thankful for" but use your meditation, prayer or quite time to rest in true gratitude for what precious gifts are in your life.

I am grateful for my husband, for the opportunity to start a new life in a new place and for the healthy sense of food, exercise and self that make up my life and my business.

What are you TRULY grateful for?